LVPL-B24D60: Medieval spindle whorl

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: LVPL-B24D60

Object type certainty: Certain
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A lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date. The object is circular in plan and bi-conical with a large central circular perforation. The perforation has an internal diameter of 11mm. One face is decorated with a moulded starburst design and four raised pellets evenly spaced. The opposite face is decorated with a worn starburst design across which are extra moulded lines creating a cross-hatched effect. Within each point of the 'star' is a single pellet. The object has a light white patina and is in fair condition.

Similar examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority are typically dated broadly to the Medieval period c.1100-1500.

Dimensions: 29mm in diameter, 8mm thick, 23.3g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 8 mm
Weight: 23.3 g
Diameter: 29 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 27th January 2016 - Wednesday 27th January 2016

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Middlewich

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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